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77-year-old School Dropout Graduates from South Carolina State University

 A 77-year-old man from Orangeburg County, South Carolina, identified as Timothy Brown has been reportedly graduating from South Carolina State University many years after being a college breakout in order to serve in the Vietnam War.

Information gathered helps us to know that Timothy was a college student at Compton Community College as of 1972 when he was called to serve in the Vietnam War. Speaking with WACH, Brown said that he “faced danger” at the front lines of the war for 10 months.

On his return to the US, Timothy engaged himself in several jobs such as a cook, a firefighter, and a Greyhound bus driver for decades. At this stage, he was opportune to drive for blues legend BB King and also the community leaders who were participating in Dr. Martin Luther King’s last march in Washington in 1963.

His experiences throughout this period really stirred his passion to become a playwright. He joined the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Vocational Rehab program in 2018 which enables him to attend SC State while still working in order to pursue his playwrighting passion.

Brown earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from South Carolina State University after over 3 years of studying hard.

Timothy is currently seeking for producers to hopefully bring to life the play he wrote based on his bus driving experience during the civil rights movement from Los Angeles, California to Washington DC. He also had the interest of underprivileged youth at heart by planning to send them to college with the proceeds from the play’s ticket sales.

In his words, he said “As long as you have your health and strength, you’re never too old,” 

Credit: blacknews.com

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